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Two rare Mary Jane Leach works rediscovered

Blume have released two overlooked compositions rooted in 1980s New York minimalism

Two neglected archival works by the American composer Mary Jane Leach have just been released on an album called Pipe Dreams. The LP’s title track was recorded on St Peter’s church organ in Cologne in 1989; the other track is a 1984 composition for four bass clarinets called 4BC.

Mary Jane Leach arrived in New York in the 1970s, where her peers included Julius Eastman, Arnold Dreyblatt, Arthur Russell, Ellen Fullman, Peter Zummo, Philip Corner and others. In 1983 she joined The Downtown Ensemble. Following Eastman’s death in May 1990 she became a key player in protecting his legacy.

Pipe Dreams is released in a limited edition of 300 copies by Blume.